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AP Rejects Edwards’ Interview Concessions

AP.pngYesterday, we discussed Elizabeth Edwards‘ recent publicity tour for her book, “Resilience.” Today, the Associated Press reports that it was twice denied interviews with Edwards’ because it refused to omit the name of John Edwards‘ mistress from its articles about Elizabeth and her book.

The article quotes Michael Oreskes, the AP’s vice president and senior managing editor who said simply, “We don’t let other people edit our wire.”

Requests like this are pretty common now and Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer and Larry King all complied with Edwards’ “out of consideration” in order to score an interview with her. But what does it say about the AP that they have to write an article about why they didn’t write an article about Elizabeth Edwards? What message are they trying to send?

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Will Anyone Read Elizabeth Edwards’ Book?

resilience.pngElizabeth Edwards has been all over — showing up in interviews in magazines and on “Oprah” and the “Today Show” — promoting her new book, “Resilience,” in stores last week.

Last week, we sat down to watch Edwards on “Oprah”, expecting to sob hysterically as the terminally ill cancer patient discussed her husband’s affair with campaign employee Rielle Hunter and his possible love child. Admittedly, Elizabeth’s confession that she had only asked John for one thing — loyalty — pulled at the heartstrings. But the sight of former Sen. John Edwards slinking off at the beginning of the interview, and then waiting around to be chastised by Oprah at the end of the show, was off-putting. Then, Elizabeth unfeelingly described how she had learned about John’s affair shortly after he launched his presidential campaign, how she had begged him to pull out, but then stood by him when he decided not to, in order to avoid drawing more attention to their family. There was a disconnect. It wasn’t what we had expected at all.

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